Football Notebook: Schiano on Big East Call

The Rutgers football team returns to its practice schedule tomorrow with a bye week coming. Before trying to answer some questions on the field in the bye week, head coach Greg Schiano answered the media's questions this morning on the weekly Big East conference call.

Re-tooling the Offensive Line

Coach Greg Schiano hinted on Sunday's post-game conference call that there could be some shuffling on the offensive line in the three bye week practices coming up. On the Big East Conference call, Schiano went more in-depth on his goals for the line in the bye week.

"[The first goal] is fundamental improvement," Schiano said. "No. 2 is finding the five right guys. No matter who the five right guys are, it's not going to matter if we don't improve because there's so much room for improvement, we need to get better."

Rushing for one yard in 25 attempts against North Carolina and just 3.2 yards per carry against 1-AA opponent N.C. Central are disappointing, Schiano said.

"Your running backs need to trust their training and trust the play and when there's breakdowns, and it gets harder to trust it," Schiano said. "It all goes hand-in-hand. I can see how we're going to get it better, we just have to go do it."

When asked about changing up the reps for his three starting running backs, Schiano said they had "not yet" made any decisions as a staff.

Possible Personnel Changes

The first two guys off the bench through two games have been red-shirt freshman Betim Bujari and fifth-year senior Caleb Ruch were the first two off the bench.

When Desmond Wynn went down, Bujari filled in well at left guard. When left tackle Andre Civil went down, Schiano and line coach Kyle Flood moved Desmond Stapleton to left tackle from right, David Osei from center to right tackle and plugged in Ruch at center.

Osei will likely stay at center, but Schiano said he could see a scenario where Osei moves to tackle to get the best five on the field.

"[Osei] played much better at center the he did in the opening game, and he played much better against better competition, so I don't foresee us doing that, although he is a very capable tackle prospect," Schiano said. "Again, our whole thing is playing the best five guys and we know Caleb Ruch is a very capable center."

The other name to keep an eye on in the bye week is true freshman Kaleb Johnson, who is the second-team right tackle, but can also play guard.

"Kaleb's a guy that we have been looking at and he definitely is going to get a ton of work this week," Schiano said. "He's been doing second-team reps, so he's a guy that we think has a whole bunch of potential and we just need to get him more experienced before we can put him in a game. But he's strong. He's physical and he plays with the right temperament. I think he'll be very good."

Instant Replay

Schiano, who explained yesterday that technical difficulties played a role in not challenging during UNC's goal-line stand, said he does not expect any comment or reaction from the Atlantic Coast Conference or NCAA.

"I won't hear anything from the ACC or the NCAA," Schiano said. "Every play is reviewed in college football. That's the assumption. That's what we live with. ... As far as the TVs being out in the press box, from my understanding they were out both in our box and in North Carolina's, sp, you know, equal playing field. That's the way it goes." Shut Out of Weekly Awards

Through two weeks, Rutgers has yet to have a player crack the Big East's weekly awards. With most team's losing or playing poorly in non-conference play this week, Rutgers' loss to a tough UNC team likely did not play a major role in players like Mohamed Sanu (13 catches, 119 yards) or David Rowe (three takeaways) missing the honor roll.


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